President Obama and Bill clinton at the 2012 DNC

New U.S. Fuel Efficiency Standards

Plus 30 Other Obama Accomplishments

 

This week America’s attention was squarely placed on the Democratic National Convention. Talking heads debated over President Obama’s economic stance and dissected his words on the war. Some have even taken the POTUS to task over the energy policies he grazed over during last night’s speech.

 

But from where we’re standing, the Commander-in-Chief is on the right track with the impressive new fuel efficiency standards recently finalized by his Administration. In his rousing speech on Wednesday night, former President Bill Clinton touted the agreement Obama made with management, labor and environmental groups to double average U.S. car mileage to 54.5 MPG by 2025:

 

“It will cut your gas bill in half, no matter what the price is… It will make us more energy independent. It will cut greenhouse gas emissions. And, according to several analyses, over the next 20 years it will bring us another half a million good, new jobs into the American economy.”  

Obama Solar Energy

Obama Solar Energy

 

“We’re offering a better path,” President Obama said in his speech on Thursday, “a future where we keep investing in wind and solar and clean coal, where farmers and scientists harvest new biofuels to power our cars and trucks… If you choose this path, we can cut our oil imports in half by 2020 and support more than 600,000 new jobs in natural gas alone.”

 

But this effort to help the U.S. lighten its environmental footprint is hardly the first big move made during Obama’s time in the White House. Here, we highlight 30 Obama accomplishments that align with the ideals upon which Green Global Travel was founded:

obama energy quote

  1. Increased funding for national parks and forests by 10%.
  2. Signed Executive Order re: Stewardship of the Ocean (established National Ocean Council ), our Coasts and the Great Lakes
  3. Established an Energy Partnership for the Americas.
  4. Became the first president to endorse same-sex marriage equality.
  5. Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, restoring basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers.
  6. Established the Biofuels Working Group to develop a comprehensive approach to alternative fuels.
  7. Provided $12.2 Billion in new funding for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act.
  8. Lifted restrictions, granting Cuban Americans unrestricted rights to visit family and send remittances to the island.
  9. Implemented renewable fuels mandate of 36 billion gallons by 2022.
  10. Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.
  11. Purchased more fuel efficient, American-made fleet for the federal government.
  12. Named the first Latina to the US Supreme Court.
  13. Increased funding for the Environmental Protection Agency.
  14. Promoted social responsibility through creation of serve.gov, a national database of volunteer opportunities.
  15. Signed New START Treaty, a nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia.
  16. Signed bill to protect millions of acres of Federal land as wilderness, protect more than 1,000 miles of rivers through the National Wild and Scenic River System, and designate thousands of miles of trails for the National Trails System.
  17. Launched recovery.gov to track spending from the Recovery Act, providing transparency and allowing the public to report fraud, waste or abuse.
  18. Significantly increased funding for the Violence Against Women Act.
  19. Increased funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
  20. Expanded Pell grants, which help low-income students pay for college.
  21. Incentivized farmers to use more renewable energy and be more energy efficient.
  22. Signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which provides health care to 11 million kids–4 million of whom were previously uninsured.
  23. Led international efforts to phase out whaling.
  24. Issued executive order to repeal Bush-era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
  25. Invested $2 billion in solar power, creating new jobs.
  26. Signed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first piece of comprehensive legislation aimed at improving the lives of Americans living with paralysis.
  27. Expanded hate crime law in the US to include sexual orientation through the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
  28. Established partnerships to share environmental technology with other countries.
  29. Worked toward deploying a global climate change research and monitoring system.
  30. Developed the stimulus package, which includes approx. $18 billion for non-defense scientific research and development.
  31. Gave executive order to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.   –DeMarco Williams 

21 Responses to ECO NEWS: New U.S. Fuel Efficiency Standards (Plus 30 Other Obama Accomplishments)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge

Co-Founded by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett, Green Global Travel is an ecotourism, nature / wildlife conservation & cultural preservation magazine. More about us.

HAVE YOU VOTED TODAY?

Green Global Travel has been nominated for the Best Couples Travel Bloggers by USA Today! PLEASE click on the blue image below to vote for us! You can vote up to once per day through Aug 6, and no personal info is required.

Help Support Green Global Travel!

Each time you make a purchase on Amazon.com using the link below,we'll earn a small percentage, at no extra cost to you.


Amazon

www.amazon.com

Thanks for your support! - Bret & Mary

Follow Us

Proud members of: The International Ecotourism SocietyCheck out our other sites!
Green Travel Reviews
  EcoAdventure Media

Destinations We’ve Covered:

• AFRICA
Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
South Africa- Londolozi Game Reserve Safari
South Africa- Kruger National Park
South Africa- South Africa- Zulu Memories
Tanzania- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

 
• ANTARCTICA
How To Get To Antarctica Without Doing the Drake
The Haunting Beauty of Icebergs
Penguins of Antarctica
Taking the Polar Plunge
Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
 
• ASIA
India- Ranthambhore National Park
Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
• AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA
Australia- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Australia-Kangaroo Island
New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
Tonga- Eua Island Eco Activities

 

• NORTH AMERICA
CANADA
Churchill- Into the Wild of Manitoba
Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Churchill- Tundra Wildlife

UNITED STATES
America’s Best Volcanoes
AK- Denali National Park
FL- Sanibel Island Eco Activities
FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
GA- Barnsley Gardens
GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
HI- Hawaii’s Big Island
HI- Hawaiian Mythology
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

MEXICO
Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
• CARIBBEAN